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Staff Pick: Papa’s Mark

Staff Pick: Papa’s Mark

Papa's Mark

After his son helps him learn to write his name, Samuel T. Blow goes to the courthouse in his Southern town to cast his ballot on the first election day ever on which African Americans were allowed to vote. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2006-2007, K-3 Nominee.

Papa’s Mark is a story of determination and history. It is set in in small town called Lamar County during the 1800’s. This would be the first election that the main character Simms father would be allowed to vote. But there is one problem, Simms dad cannot write. He can only mark his signature with an X. Simms is going to help his father learn to write his name by election time. Check out the story Papa’s Mark to see if Simms is successful.

Recommended by: Denyce Malone – Flanner House Branch Library

 

 

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Winnie : the true story of the bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

Winnie : the true story of the bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

Winnie : the true story of the bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

When Harry Colebourn saw a baby bear at a train station, he knew he could care for it. Harry was a veterinarian. But he was also a soldier in training during World War I. Harry named the bear Winnie, short for Winnipeg, his company’s home town, and he brought her along to the military camp in England. Winnie followed Harry everywhere and slept under his cot every night. Before long, she became the regiment’s much-loved mascot. But who could care for the bear when Harry went to battle? Harry found just the right place for Winnie–the London Zoo. There a boy named Christopher Robin played with Winnie–he could care for this bear too!

Do you love Winne-the-Pooh? Did you know Winnie was based on a real bear? Intrigued? If so you should check out this book. It tells the story of how Winnie, short for Winnipeg, touched the lives of many people.

Winnipeg was named after Winnipeg, Canada which is the town that the soldier who adopted her was stationed at. She became the mascot of a Canadian army company during World War I. Later she would find a home at the London Zoo where Christopher Robin would fall in love with her. Christopher`s relationship with Winnie inspired his father to write the Winnie-the-Pooh books.

This book is a heartwarming tale of a bear that touched many lives throughout history. It also features photographs and documents from Winnie`s life.

 

Recommended by: Linsday Haddix – Nora Branch Library

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Staff Pick: Dealing With Dragons

Staff Pick: Dealing With Dragons

Dealing With Dragons

Bored with traditional palace life, a princess goes off to live with a group of dragons and soon becomes involved with fighting against some disreputable wizards who want to steal away the dragons’ kingdom.

Cimorene is not your typical princess. In fact, she’s interested in everything a princess is not supposed to be: Magic, Juggling, Economics, Sword fighting, Latin and quite frankly anything that would make life more interesting than the mundane rituals of what is “proper.” And by proper, they mean: being a Princess waiting for some Prince to come and do everything for her. Cimorene is strong-minded, smart, stubborn and bored. She’s so bored that she runs away to live with a dragon – and finds the family and excitement she’s been looking for.

In Dealing with Dragons, Patricia C. Wrede weaves a wonderful tail of action and adventure along with finding and being true to yourself. Readers young and old will enjoy this playful trip through a world full of fairy godmothers, dragons, wizards and witches that reflects on some of silliness of fairytales altogether. Read along as Cimorene discovers that you can decide your own future in a world that is constantly telling her, “It’s simply not done.”

With classes on how loudly it’s permissible to scream when being carried off by a giant to references of characters from other famous fairytales (King Author, Jack and the Beanstalk, etc), Wrede weaves a fantastically fun not your everyday fairytale that will leave you wanting more. Thankfully there is. Dealing with Dragons stands well enough on its own but it’s also the first book in the Enchanted Forest Chronicles.
All of which are available at the Indianapolis Public Library!

Recommended by: Jason Walters – Brightwood Branch Library

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Staff Pick: The Thickety a Path Begins

Staff Pick: The Thickety a Path Begins

The Thickety

When twelve-year-old Kara discovers her mother’s grimoire in the dangerous forest, she must decide if she’ll use it, even though such magic is forbidden.

When Kara is a child, she is accused of being a witch like her mother. Years later, Kara is an outsider in her village and has few friends. When a bird with one eye wants Kara to follow it into the Thickety (a dark foreboding woods that no one ventures into) it steals the necklace Kara’s mother gave her and flies into the terrible woods. In order to get the necklace back, Kara has no choice but to follow the bird into the Thickety. When she is in the Thickety she finds a strange book and later learns that she can communicate with the unusual creatures of the Thickety. Is Kara a witch like her mother after all?

Recommended by: Angi St. Clair – Lawrence Branch Library

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Staff Pick: Ghost Girl a Blue Ridge Mountain Story

Staff Pick: Ghost Girl a Blue Ridge Mountain Story

Ghost Girl

Eleven-year-old April is delighted when President and Mrs. Hoover build a school near her Madison County, Virginia, home but her family’s poverty, grief over the accidental death of her brother, and other problems may mean that April can never learn to read from the wonderful teacher, Miss Vest. Young Hoosier Book Award, 2006-2007, 6-8 Nominee.

Eleven year old April Sloane lives in an isolated area of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia in 1929. Her family has fallen on difficult times. Father lost his job. Mama suffers from depression and blames April for her brother’s death. Life is bleak for April, who can neither read nor write, until President Hoover builds a school on the mountain. The new teacher makes April feel special and introduces her to a whole new world that crashes suddenly when old secrets are revealed.
This work of historical fiction is based on information gleaned from a teacher’s letters and the author’s experiences growing up in the area. The time and setting might change, but the problems April encountered are the same as those faced by children today.

Recommended by: Linda Tegmeyer – Brightwood Branch

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